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OUR VIEW — Tweaking budgets is sign of progress

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Lincoln County commissioners have something surprising in common with Charlotte City Council members. Both of them have chosen to treat this year’s budget process as an opportunity to ask tough questions about what’s best for the taxpayers, not simply rubber-stamping their manager’s budget proposal as so many county and municipal…

Donation to eye-care charity

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    Dr. David Curtis (second from right) is presented with a $25,000 check Tuesday night by Barbara Norman (right) of Aquesta Bank of Denver, during the Chamber of Commerce’s “After Hours” event. Norman is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation. The money goes to support Curtis’…

Criminal Charges — 6-13-12

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  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests: Mairiam Katherine Leigh Daniel, 18, of 6406 Sterling Ct. in Stanley was charged June 9 with one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. A $500 bond was set. Shurman Edward Canipe, 56, of 1434 Stafford St. in Conover…

County opts for savings, decides against tax cut

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  SARAH LOWERY Staff Writer Despite discussions of a possible cut to county property taxes, commissioners have decided to put cost reductions toward replenishing the county’s savings and keep the rate at its present level for the coming year. The decision came during a Monday evening budget work session. Though…

Candidates begin filing for Board of Education using new districts

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FRANK TAYLOR Managing Editor   With new election districts for the first time in four decades, candidates have begun filing to run for the Lincoln County Board of Education. Five candidates so far have filed to run, according the Lincoln County Board of Elections website, with the filing window remaining…

Alcohol blamed in fatal crash

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON   Staff Writer   Troopers said alcohol and speed contributed to the death of a western Lincoln County man, who ran off the road and struck a tree not far from his residence on Friday. Douglas Powell White, 46, of 7811 Rose Ridge Lane in Vale, was…

Woman charged after crash with cruiser

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    JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Police said a woman was allegedly driving drunk when she collided with a police cruiser late last week at a popular Lincolnton intersection, totaling the city vehicle. Kathleen Howard, 21, of 1289 South Aspen Street in Lincolnton, was charged with DWI and failure…

Deputies: Taser used on fugitive

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  JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer   Deputies said they were forced to use a stun gun on a man accused of breaking into an area outbuilding after he escaped his handcuffs and refused to halt for officers. Deputies said they apprehended Daniel James Tench, 24, of 164 Del Mar Road…

Fun at library summer reading kick-off

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5th-grader’s painting picked for NC calendar

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  AMANDA SEBASTIANO Staff Writer   Fifth-grader Chad Theriot wasn’t expecting his rooster painting to make it beyond the walls of his art class at St. James Elementary School; he thought his farm-themed portrait was just another exercise. Theriot’s painting of a rooster was chosen for the cover of the…